In Superstock 1000 European Championship qualifying on Saturday afternoon at the Pirelli French Round it was Roberto Tamburini (PATA Yamaha Official STK 1000 Team) who took pole with a 1’40.205 lap.
The Italian will be joined on the front row by compatriot Federico Sandi (Berclaz Racing Team) and Australian rider Mike Jones (Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team). Frenchmen Florian Marino (Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team) and Jeremy Guarnoni (Pedercini Racing) qualified fourth and fifth respectively for their home race, with Italy’s Luca Vitali (Nuova M2 Racing) set to slot in behind them on row 2. Maximilian Scheib (Nuova M2 Racing), Illia Mykhalchyk (TripleM Racing) and standings leader Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing -Junior Team) are on the third row, whilst Marvin Fritz (Bayer -Bikerbox Yamaichi) completed the top ten to head row 4.
Roberto Tamburini – Photo ©WorldSBK
Championship contender Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) missed the session due to injury (right shoulder dislocation) after a crash in FP3 earlier on Saturday and faces a fitness test on Sunday morning to see whether he can race. If passed fit he would start from the back of the grid.
In the European Supersport Cup, which is held in the context of the World Supersport Championship, the fastest rider was once again Alex Zaccone from Italy with his MV Augusta. He finished the World Supersport Qualifying 2 in 10th position and will start tomorrow from the fourth row.
Second position for Rob Hartog from the Netherlands, ahead of Peter Sebestyen from Hungary followed by Hannes Soomer from Estonia and a Jaimie van Sikkelerus from the Netherlands. The actual issue of FIM Europe MAG is online and can be downloaded here.